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Retired teacher passing on volunteer message


Marilyn Young volunteers her time at the general store at Newaldaya Lifescapes in Cedar Falls. But helping people isn't a new thing for her, in fact it has happened all her life.

"The first time it happened dad came home with a young boy. Dad felt he wasn't getting fed properly so he decided to take him and teach him how to be a good farm boy and he came to live with us," Marilyn Young, Volunteer

And that helping attitude motivated her to pass the message on to her five children.

"They always said never leave home because your bed won't be available when you come back because someone else may be sleeping in it. That happened a lot."

This retired teacher admits volunteering is a way for life for her, but she says really anyone can do it.

"I think a lot of people are afraid they won't do it right or that they will feel too busy. I had a college professor tell me once is you are never too busy to do something you want to do."

Here are a few opportunities from the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley.

• ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program is looking for volunteers for Camp HOPE from August 1st-5th for children of all abilities. ASPIRE needs Buddies, Group Leaders, Activity Leaders, and Registration Help. The camp is held at the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Volunteers age 16 and over are welcome.

• Volunteers are needed for the 5th Annual Iowa Irish Fest from Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7 at Lincoln Park in downtown Waterloo. Volunteer shifts include gate admission, family area, beer coupons, beer ID and beer stand. We are also looking for volunteers to help with our first 5K Saturday morning. Volunteers age 16 and over are welcome.

• The Cedar Valley Volunteer Emergency Club needs help at their popcorn stand in Dike for the Watermelon Days Celebration on Saturday, August 6. It's a one day activity from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Volunteers age 18 and over are welcome.

• The Cedar Valley Derby Divas need volunteers for the ticket sales window, will call window, ticket takers and merchandise table for roller derby bouts on August 13 from 5:15 - 9 p.m. Volunteers age 16 and over are welcome.



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